No, not the nuts in our families, we’re talking about the edible kinds. (Don’t groan at our pun; you had to see that one coming.)
Mixed nuts are a holiday staple. You’ll find them at nearly every party you attend this season. It’s so easy to just grab a handful of them while you’re mingling. Because it’s so simple to just grab a handful or two, it’s also easy to take in lots of calories without even noticing. Here’s our guide for sensible indulgence so that you don’t “go nuts” consuming calories at holiday parties:
Keep daily consumption to about one handful of nuts. That’s approximately one ounce. Here’s how many of each different kind of nut you will get per one-ounce handful:
Almonds – 20 – 24, whole
Brazil nuts – 6- 8
Cashews – 16 – 18, whole
Hazelnuts – 18 – 20
Macadamias – 10 -12
Pecans – 18 – 20, halves
Pine nuts – 150 – 157
Pistachios – 45- 47, shelled
Walnuts – 8 – 11, halves
Almonds and pistachios have the highest amount of protein per serving, at 6g per ounce. Macadamias and pecans are tied for highest calories, with 200 per ounce serving, while almonds, cashews, and pistachios are lowest with 160 calories per ounce serving. Macadamias are also highest in fat, and cashews and pistachios are lowest.
What are your sensible indulgence tactics at holiday parties?
How Stacey Got the Shot: With a new-to-me vintage Tokina 28-70mm macro lens. ISO 200, shutter 1/20 second, focal length and f/stop unknown because lens is not compatible with the camera’s computer. But it takes mighty pretty photos anyway!
Almonds are my favorite nuts. It’s my go to source for protein. Happy Holidays!
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